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  • oiler 1:25 pm on August 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beat writers,   

    NHL Beat Writers 

    UPDATE: This was originally published on October 3, 2011… since then I’ve kept the Twitter list updated but will probably wait until the season starts to update the spreadsheet. Until then, until these writers on Twitter. /UPDATE:

    NHL Beat Writers on Twitter – twitter.com/list/oiler/hockey

    If there’s one thing I learned about how the sport of pro hockey is covered, it’s that the guys and girls on the ground with the team every day are invaluable.

    They hold a wealth of knowledge that the national writers rely on daily. Without the beat reporters, the national media knows very little.

    And this is more so true in hockey than any other professional team sport. That’s why you see so many NHL official team websites running a very news-oriented organization now.

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  • oiler 6:13 pm on June 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Flipboard, Instapaper, publishing   

    The Power of Online Content, Offline 

    A busy Monday morning for technology and media. To start things off, the NY Times has announced a deal with Flipboard that will make their full content only available to subscribers while on that platform. And as a counterpoint to that move Conde Nast is now pulling full content from the New Yorker and Wired out of Flipboard in fear that it’s stealing eyes from the content on their own apps.

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  • oiler 4:59 pm on June 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , newspapers   

    On the front lines of the digital sales challenge 

    This is a popular topic of conversation in the media today:

    From GigaOm: The chart that explains media’s addiction to print

    And there’s an important point being missed by many here. Let’s imagine for a second that the leaders of the industry have a great epiphany over the weekend and come back on Monday will a brilliant silver-bullet to solve the advertising crisis newspapers face as they move from print to digital.

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  • oiler 8:39 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Facebook IPO 

    Since today is the day, people are freaking out all over again about one thing: is it worth it?

    So I hear stories like this: Pizza Delicious Bought An Ad On Facebook. How’d They Do?.

    “Maybe at some point, the new Pizza Delicious fans will show up and buy some pizza. But social advertising is so new that nobody knows for sure. It’s still unproven, untested and largely unstudied.”

    So this Pizza Delicious company blanketed all of New Orleans with their Facebook ad. For $240 they got that kind of exposure. Ever do a media buy for a billboard at the busiest spot in town? A one-time fee of $240 is a windfall for a small business like that. And how many people do you think have clicked on your street-side billboard?

    UPDATE: Oh yeah, and all this is separate from the reality that FB’s real monetary future is tied to credits/currency and not advertising.

  • oiler 7:46 pm on May 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    A process problem with your mobile site 

    I’m reading this New Yorker story on George Holtz.
    It’s nice.
    I want to add it to instapaper.
    I’m on a ferry to the Brooklyn Ikea.
    So I google search for the article on my mobile phone – with the intension of saving it to instapaper.

    Two problems:

      1. This is not a sustainable process. I’ll only really do this for articles I really, really want to remember. But, hey, at least I finally found my first good need for a QR code.
      2. The New Yorker site sent me to their m.newyorker.com version of the article.

    I hate mobile websites. I mean, I love being able to read a site on my non-laptop/desktop device (NLDD?) but I hate m.*.com sites. I won’t say they break the web… even though they just might… but they certainly break my process. You can’t build the web to think it knows better than you do. This is the equivalent of those car radios that turn themselves down when you slow your car speed. And that’s for old people.

    There are so many reasons that your website should be responsive to the device that it is being shown on. This is just one of many.

    UPDATE: A day later, this gets posted: Mobile URLs vs. Single URLs: Making The Right Decision For Your Company but the “don’t like” columns here read more like challenges than anything else.

  • oiler 2:54 pm on April 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apartments, FIOS, New York City   

    Finding an apartment in New York City – specifically one with Verizon FIOS 

    Recently, and by recently I mean all of the last six months, I’ve been looking for an apartment in New York City. But not just any affordable apartment in New York City would do, no, I had developed a list of demands. Good neighborhood, preferably in Chelsea or close to Chelsea Piers (to where I lug a rather heavy hockey bag at least once a week). Laundry, at least in the building. Dishwasher would be nice. Space, well, enough space to put stuff without tripping over it. I don’t need a lot of space. But I wanted to live on my own, again. Too old for anything else, execpt I suppose… you know, family. All of these, however, were more like requests. Wants. Likes. But I did have one dealbreaker: Verizon FIOS.
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  • oiler 5:44 pm on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: events, Google Calendar   

    Google Calendar for your website 

    Am I the only one who uses Google Calendar on a daily basis? I can’t be. It’s just a great feature of Android phones… surely others have their Calendar widget on their home screen like I do, right?

    So why do I always have to manually enter in my event information?
    Why don’t websites have a “Add To Google Calendar” button just like they have buttons for everything else in the world?

    Google seems to make this option quite simple to implement.
    They’ve got this page: http://www.google.com/googlecalendar/event_publisher_guide.html

    And when you look closely at the code it outputs for you, it would be pretty simple to tie in to a CMS.

    <a href="http://www.google.com/calendar/event?
    &sprop=name:Website for Food"
    <img src="//www.google.com/calendar/images/ext/gc_button6.gif" alt="0" border="0"></a>

    Obviously, the whitespace here is mine – it’s easier to read.

    And here’s the output:

    So, Techmeme… thanks for your new calendar.
    How about some ‘add to Google Calendar’ buttons please?

    And Facebook, I’ll say it again, you guys are missing out. You want to make a big impact on mobile, get more involved in building out your events!

  • oiler 5:02 pm on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brian Lehrer, , Super Bowl   

    A Winning Super Bowl Prediction 

    A friend commented to me that she thought it was funny that for all the things I’ve done and experienced, this was the one I labeled as being most surreal. But to me it was.

    I’ve listened to the Brian Lehrer Show on a daily basis for the last… oh 10 years or so. Maybe a little less, but not much. The names that appear on his show are as big as you can find. The show’s programming is a perfect combination of national, international and New York news.

    And thanks to a near-perfect Super Bowl prediction, I had the honor and pleasure of being a guest on the Brian Lehrer show on Monday.

    Not just a call-in, but a guest.

    With a guest page: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/feb/06/justen-fox-super-bowl-prediction-winner/

    And even a spot in the show’s rundown:

    That’s me, sandwiched in between a former US Ambassador to the UN and the guy who once worked at Google and led the organization of the Egyptian Revolution.

    Surreal, indeed.

    My segment was cut short for time – no surprise – and I didn’t get to say a whole lot. In my mind, I had over-prepared for Brian’s questions. I had to. He’s as good as it gets. So as things turned out, I didn’t get to say everything I had wanted.

    Like how all the credit of knowing how the game would be played has to go to knowing how to follow and listen to the right people. For me, those people were:

    • Will Carroll, Sports Illustrated, for his injury news- specifically on how / what Rob Gronkowski was going to be able to do on Sunday.
    • Bill Barnwell, formerly a writer for Football Outsiders and currently for Grantland, for the best in-depth game analysis that can be found.
    • Mike Mayock, analyst for NFL Network for being the best on TV at the art of scouting.

    But instead of saying all that, the only thing I got out there for the world to hear was my love for Kelly Clarkson. And that’s just great.

    PS – One of the greatest joys of the experience was being able to tweet “I’m going to be a guest” and then have it retweeted by Brian’s account – just like I see happen every day in my feed for all of the ‘REAL guests on the show. Me:nerd.

  • oiler 2:35 pm on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: management   

    The Progress Principle 

    From Tuesday’s issue of APM’s Marketplace:

    The single most important thing that can keep workers deeply, happily engaged on the job is moving forward on work they care about — even if the progress is an incremental “small win.”

    That quote comes from Teresa Amabile, a professor at Harvard Business School, and is based on research her team did of “nearly 12,000 work diaries from professionals in seven different companies.”

    She closes with this line, good enough for me to close with too:

    Sure, cool perks are great. Who doesn’t want gourmet food and game time? But it’s the feeling of getting somewhere that keeps people jazzed about what they do at work.

  • oiler 7:49 am on January 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Developer Productivity 

    I think I’ll call it the ‘nose & chin graph’.

    Based on hours in each day.

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